verb \(ˌ)pər-ˈlin, ˈpər-ˌ\

: to take (something that belongs to someone else)

Full Definition of PURLOIN

transitive verb
:  to appropriate wrongfully and often by a breach of trust
pur·loin·er noun

Examples of PURLOIN

  1. <the studio stepped up security, fearing that someone might attempt to purloin a copy of the script for the show's season finale>

Origin of PURLOIN

Middle English, to put away, misappropriate, from Anglo-French purluigner to prolong, postpone, set aside, from pur- forward + luin, loing at a distance, from Latin longe, from longus long — more at purchase, long
First Known Use: 15th century


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